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Please note: The online application facility via myfreeschoolmeals.com is currently back up and running.

Free school meals

Apply for free school meals online if your child is a full-time student who is at school in Wolverhampton.

Parents can also apply on behalf of children receiving full-time education at nursery schools and in sixth form. Students attending sixth form colleges and further education colleges may also qualify for free school meals and will need to apply at their college.

Who is eligible?

You can get free school meals for your child if you or your partner gets any of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers' Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of ¬£16,190 or less, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs

Apply for free school meals

If you already have a current Free School Meals claim, there is no need to reapply or renew your application. We will contact you only if we are unable to verify your eligibility using the Government's Eligibility Checking System (ECS).

Please note: It is the responsibility of the claimant to notify the Local Authority of any and all changes in circumstance that may affect eligibility and/or our ability to contact you (e.g. name, address, parental responsibility, employment, benefits, income, etc). Schools are regularly notified of all existing claims, including when students move to a new school within the City.

If you need to check if your claim is still valid, please email freeschoolmeals@wolverhampton.gov.uk with your child's full name, date of birth and school, as well as your full name, National Insurance number or NASS reference, date of birth and family address.

If you do need to make a new application online (e.g. you don't have a current claim), please ensure you supply a valid email address. You will then receive an automated email confirmation from myfreeschoolmeals.com with the result of your application; if the result is "Found and Eligible", your child's school should accept this as proof of eligibility, pending receipt of confirmation that your claim has been recorded on the Local Authority's system. If the result is "Not Found", you will need to supply paper proof of qualifying benefit (e.g. Tax Credits Award Letter TC602, Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance letter, etc), dated within the current tax year, for your application to be assessed on that basis.

Should you experience any difficulty in using the online facility, applications can be submitted via email instead to freeschoolmeals@wolverhampton.gov.uk including the parent / carer's full name, date of birth, National Insurance number or NASS reference, name(s) and date(s) of birth of all children in Reception upwards and the name(s) of the school(s) attended.

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Apply online for free school meals

You can also pdf icon download an application form [89kb] and return it to:

School Places and Transportation
Customer Services
City of Wolverhampton City Council
Civic Centre
St Peter's Square
Wolverhampton
WV1 1RR

Alternatively contact your child's school, the Local Authority on 01902 551122 or visit the Civic Centre for more information.

What happens next?

Your application will be processed in approximately 5 working days. We will write to you and to the relevant school(s) to confirm your child(ren)s eligibility to free school meals. Proof of a successful application such as an email or reference number may be accepted by some schools to ensure a child receives a free meal on the same day, but please check with the school.

Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)

Since September 2014, all children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 have been able to enjoy school meals for free. Parents do not need to register to receive these meals, but your child's school may ask if your child will be taking meals so that they can make the necessary arrangements.

Your child's school may also ask you to provide your National Insurance number and date of birth so we can check your entitlement to receive additional support. For every child that registers for free school meals, schools receive valuable "Pupil Premium" funding from the Government. Even if your child chooses not to eat school meals, we would still encourage you to register.

If you are in receipt of certain benefits, have older children and/or would like to receive free milk for your infant-aged children, you must still register for free school meals. You can apply online (above), in person at your child's school or at the Civic Centre.

School menus

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Contact us

E-mail: freeschoolmeals@wolverhampton.gov.uk
Telephone: 01902 551122